|Fig. 1: Dots represent regions supported in Energy3D.|
|Republic of China||1||Romania||1||Russia||3|
|South Africa||5||South Korea||2||South Pole||1|
|United Kingdom||5||United States||164||Vietnam||1|
|Fig. 2: Solar sites in Fitchburg, MA.|
This global vision is not new. Back in 1995, the National Science Foundation funded my colleagues Boris Berenfeld, Bob Tinker, and Dan Barstow, who were at TERC at that time, a grant to develop a curriculum that they touted as the Globe Lab. The Global Lab Curriculum meant to provide an interdisciplinary, one-year course at the secondary level that supports science standards and school reform through intercultural, scientifically meaningful, and collaborative student investigations in environmental studies. Students were given the opportunity to experience all aspects of genuine scientific research: problem identification, background study, project design, collaboration, data analysis, and communication.
|Fig. 3: Solar power plants around the world.|
As we are mourning the loss of Bob Tinker, one of the architects of the Global Lab Curriculum, carrying on this line of work will be the best way to remember his visions, honor his contributions, and celebrate his life.